Locally Based Monitoring: Are Scientists at Risk of Losing Their Day Jobs?

Nature Conservancy - Science

Conservation projects could benefit in numerous ways from locally based monitoring, such as this project carried out by community members in Papua New Guinea.

Show me the money

10,000 Birds

New Zealand is currently in the grip of a government mandated rebranding episode. Most notably the flag is under review, apparently the existing one is deficient for the crimes of “being too Australian” “being to British” and “not sufficiently rugby related” As such the government launched a contest to find a new flag and then proceeded to ignore all the interesting designs in favour of some flags that were like the All Black flag.

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Searching for the Rare “Crusty Nautilus” in the Bismarck Sea

Nature Conservancy - Science

The events that had led me to this expedition began in 2013, when Ward, a well-known palaeontologist and nautilus expert learnt of The Nature Conservancy’s work in Papua New Guinea’s Manus Province and emailed me to see if I was interested in working with him.

The Nomad’s Bookshelf: Essential Reads for the Traveling Naturalist

Nature Conservancy - Science

Throwim’ way leg — it’s a New Guinea pidgin phrase that means “to take the first step on a long journey.” In this fantastic read, legendary mammalogist, traveler, and science activist Tim Flannery recounts his years of fieldwork studying rare New Guinea mammals in the 1980s.

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REVOLUTION: Facts & Figures from the Documentary

Environmental News Network

Check out this new documentary titled REVOLUTION which opens worldwide tomorrow! Fact : The last time something of this magnitude happened was the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction which took place 65 million years ago, and it is estimated that 75% of all species vanished.

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Purple Swamphen: Supertramp or superspecies?

10,000 Birds

The colorful Purple Swamphen ( Porphyrio porphyrio ) lives in wetlands from Portugal and Senegal all the way east to New Zealand and the Samoan Islands, and a feral population is now well established in Florida. In their new study, Juan Carlos García-Ramírez and Steve Trewick of New Zealand’s Massey University suggest that the genus Porphyrio (from a Greek word for purple ) likely originated in Africa and colonized the world from there.

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Introducing the African Birding Beat

10,000 Birds

And Africa is the ONLY continent without an extinct bird to boot! Adam has traveled extensively to all 7 continents, leading tours to numerous countries ranging from Colombia to Egypt, Angola to Papua New Guinea and Antarctica to Alaska.

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Hyperstability: The Achilles’ Heel of Data-Poor Fisheries

Nature Conservancy - Science

New research from the Solomon Islands indicates that hyperstability — when catch rates remain high even as fish are rapidly depleted — could be a major challenge for assessing data-poor coral reef fisheries.

Palms Up To Palm Oil

Eco Friendly Daily

Other countries that are increasingly dependent on palm oil export include Malaysia and Papua New Guinea. However, this is countered by the environmental costs – from deforestation and associated emissions to habitat destruction and species extinctions.

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Birds of the Indonesian Archipelago: Greater Sundas and Wallacea–A Field Guide Review

10,000 Birds

They studied skins in museums around the world and worked with the artists of Lynx to update the illustrations from Handbook of Birds of the World and to add new ones. I’ve never been to the Indonesian Archipelago, but I really like the birds there.

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Water and Climate Change

Conservancy Talk

Representatives of the more than 150 countries meeting in New York on April 22 for the symbolic signing of the Paris Agreement on climate change can justly celebrate a historic moment. Agricultural losses, vegetation change and species extinction will result, the World Bank warns.